Firefighters preparing for colder weather and 'challenging' winter months
Once the winter weather rolls in, Lt. Tally Glover says heat-related fires may be less of a concern.
“The heating fires are actually lower than they used to be,” he explained. “We're seeing less of those today because of central heat.”
But that doesn’t mean his team will stop warning the community and sharing the golden rule.
“If you have space heaters or heaters that are moveable around your house, keep them at least three feet away from any furniture or any furnishings or anything that could be ignitable,” Lt. Glover said.
Lt. Glover say you should also never plug a space heater into a power strip or extension cord. He says it could overheat and cause a fire. If you have you have a gas stove or gas heating, get a carbon monoxide detector.
In Red Bank, Lt. Glover says 90 percent of the fires they fight are cooking related.
“They walk away from it and come back in and the post on fire and not using proper techniques to put the pot out usually causes problems,” said Lt. Glover. Always monitor your cooking. Always check your smoke detectors and also change your batteries.”
Regardless of how a fire starts, Lt. Glover says the challenge is fighting them in the cold.
“You get water on you and it freezes it turn out gear up especially when it drops below freezing and it makes it a little harder to operate; you're a little slower.”
Response times can also be slower for firefighters, especially in the winter months.
“When we have snow or ice getting on the scene makes it a little more challenging. You have to put chains on the truck so you have to driver slower because you can't drive fast,” Lt. Glover said. “It actually creates a situation of a fire being able to grow a little bigger because it takes us a few minutes longer to get on the scene.”
The job can be hard sometimes, but Lt. Glover says the community putting fire prevention tips into action, makes it easier.